This is amazing!!! Georg Bocskay, calligraphy; Joris Hoefnagel, miniature painting, "Folio 94," from Calligraphic Specimen Book, 1591-94 miniature painting; 1571-73 calligraphy. Parchment, watercolours and opaque paint, silver and gold heightening, 18.8 x 14 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, inv. no. KK 975
In the 1500s, illuminator Joris Hoefnagel rendered flowers and plants with a botanical precision unmatched in his day. It’s tempting to imagine each of Hoefnagel’s natural wonders growing in the gardens cultivated at the imperial court of Rudolf II, his patron. Pages from Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta, one of the Getty’s most precious (and, at 6 9/16 inches high, tiniest) manuscripts: Damselfly; French rose, pink, semidouble; chestnut, spider.